LOUDONVILLE – Needing to figure out a way to overcome their offense, the Siena women’s basketball team plays its home opener against visiting Duquesne on Saturday.
Teams meet at 2 p.m. at the UHY Center as the Saints begin their second stint as head coach of Jim Jabir’s program to register their first win of the season after four consecutive road losses. Sienna’s matchup with Duquesne begins a series of three consecutive home games and a dozen games that will see the Saints stay within New York to play.
“I don’t think we realized how difficult it would be when we set the schedule together,” Jabir said on Friday of the saints’ struggles. “Then it would be really nice to stay at home.”
Offensively, Jabir admitted that shooting the Saints basketball is “terrible.” Sienna has done 26.4% of his shots this season, and that puts Jabir’s team last in the country in field-goal percentage.
The team has scored just over 45 points in one of its games, and the Saints average 46.5 points per game, ranking in the country’s bottom 10. Only Rachel Brown is scoring average at 13.5 points per game, while a Sienna player who has taken more than 20 shots has not scored more than a third of them.
Jabir said that the team’s performance should be better and playing road games one after the other did not help the Saints. With a new coach leading the program, Sienna still has a lot to figure out.
“We are still trying to understand the crime and learn from it,” Jabir said.
Despite their offensive woes, Sienna has been relatively competitive this season. The 14-point loss in the last game against New Hampshire was the Saints’ most one-sided defeat, and came after losing their first three games to Siena by a combined 17 points.
Something that could help the Saints is fifth-year forward Selena Filoxi, whom Siena’s athletic department announced on Friday as the NCAA required to start playing for the Saints after being moved to the program last season. Discount was received. Philoxy deserves to play this weekend, and Jabir hopes to give Philoxy as many minutes as she can handle.
“He’s our best player,” Jabir said of Philoxy, who began his college career at Seton Hall.
Duquesne of the Atlantic 10 Conference brought 2–4 points in their matchup with Sienna, a MAAC event. The two teams have played a common rivalry, with Siena losing 49–44 to Lafayette, a team which Duquesne defeated 60–47.
Duquesne, who are on the road 0-3 this season, have two players scoring two points above average. Tess Myers averages a dozen points per game, while Fatou Poy makes 53.7% of his shots averaging 11.7 points.
“We’re going to fill our hands, but I’m looking forward to it because I hope we can show home improvement,” Jabir said.
After playing Duquesne, Sienna plays against North Dakota on Tuesday.
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